Two metal detectorists who thought they’d found a stash of Roman gold coins they estimated to be worth £250,000 discovered the coins were actually a worthless prop for TV show The Detectorists.

‘Roman haul’ turns out to be TV show Detectorists prop

Two men who thought they had unearthed a stash of Roman gold coins had their dreams dashed when they discovered the coins were a prop for a TV sitcom.

Andy Sampson and Paul Adams had been metal detecting in a field on the Suffolk/Essex border when they found more than 50 “gold” coins with pottery.

Mr Sampson said his friend started “shouting and jumping around and dancing” after he found the “treasure”.

However, it emerged the fake coins were a prop for the BBC show Detectorists.

Mr Sampson said the pair, who have only been metal detecting for a year, had spotted the farmer ploughing the field last summer, and got his permission to go out one evening to check it out.

“Paul kept running at me shouting, ‘Roman gold!’ and I… Continue Reading